BCS Beat: Issue 8.30

Upcoming Events

March 24: Half-day of school
April 19: Snow Make-Up Day

Athletics

Track Schedule & Announcements

Friday, 3/24: Varsity practice, 11:45 - 1:00 pm
Monday, 3/27: Varsity and Middle school practice, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, 3/28: Varsity Track Meet, 4:00 at Greenwood (no middle school practice)
Thursday, 3/30: Varsity and Middle school practice, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Track uniforms will be distributed on Monday. Students must provide their own plain black shorts to wear with their jersey.

Boost the Boosters

Berks Christian Athletic Boosters is partnering with the Exeter Youth Soccer Association for the upcoming spring soccer season (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from mid-April through June). Exeter Youth Soccer Association uses the BCS field for these events and boosters will be selling concessions here at BCS during all youth soccer events. We are looking for an individual who would be willing to head up concession sales at these events. We will also need plenty of additional volunteers to help out. All proceeds will go towards the Athletic Program. Please contact Athletic Director Kody Godsey (kgodsey@berkschristian.org) if you are willing to lead in this area.

Event Details

Behold the Lamb

Don't miss this special Easter community concert, sponsored by Berks Christian School. Fifty community members will be joining our high school choir for this special event held at First City Parish of Reading City Church (611 Washington Street, Reading). Concert is at 6:30 pm on Saturday, April 8th and is free. Freewill offering will be taken to support Hope Rescue Mission. For more info, please visit beholdthelamb2017.org.

God's Faithfulness

Several years ago, in 2013, BCS and two other schools came together for a performance of Love Came Down, a Christmas production. The event raised money for a church community in India and they recently purchased land on which to build a church building, thanks in part to the donation we were able to provide them through Love Came Down.

Serve-a-Thon 2017

Paperwork Needed

If you haven't turned in your white permission form and/or your pink parent agreement form, we need those in the office right away.

Progress Toward Our Goal

We've got a good start toward our goal of sending out 3,000 sponsorship letters. So far 1,961 letters have been collected and mailed. We reached our first two goal benchmarks, and have earned a dress down day and an outdoor lunch for the whole school. Dates for these are to be announced. Our next goal is to hit 2200 letters to earn ice cream for the whole school.

Please contact Mrs Bromwell if you need more letters! There is plenty of time to be in the running for our three big prizes, awarded to the three families who submit the most letters.

News and Updates

Problem with BCS Phone System

Due to a switch-over that our phone company initiated with the BCS voicemail, we have not been able to retrieve voicemails since last Monday (3/13/17). If you left a message for the school since that time, we have not been able to hear it. Though we've tried to get the situation resolved, the problem has been tricky to solve and we're not sure that we'll ever actually gain access to those lost messages. In the meantime, we're still not able to receive messages so if you call and do not talk to an actual person at the school, please call back later or send an email to the office. Do not leave a message on the phone system at this time. We apologize!

Middle School Tutoring

One of our high school students offers tutoring every Monday from 3:00 - 4:45 for any middle school students who would like help with homework, studying, or organization. Any Monday that a 6th-8th grader that would like to stay please email attendance@berkschristian.org.

Re-Enrollment

Remember to re-enroll by March 31st (that's next Friday) if you want to pay the lowest re-enrollment price. Starting April 1st, prices will go up for re-enrollment. Also remember that all returning families (that's you!) who are interested in financial aid must apply for aid by April 30th. You can apply for aid here.

Sicknesses

We've had sickness, specifically stomach viruses, running rampant here! If you've got a student who's sick, please keep him or her home for at least 24 hours without any vomiting before a return to school. We would like to keep this from spreading through the student population, so please help us out by keeping kids at home, until they are completely well. 

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Subs are Needed

We are looking to add some substitute teachers to our list. We are looking for people with the following requirements:
1. Flexible schedule
2. Bachelors degree (it does not have to be in education)
3. PA Criminal Background Clearance
4. PA Child Abuse Clearance
5. FBI Fingerprinting

If you are or anyone you know are interested in being added to our sub list, please contact Miss Klase at rklase@berkschristian.org.

Around Campus

Lunch Menu for Coming Week

Monday, 3/27
Elementary: Cheeseburger, baked beans, peach slices
High School: Pub burger w cheese, black beans and corn, jalepeno relish, watermelon, churro

Tuesday, 3/28
Elementary: Grilled cheese panini, tomato soup, cucumber slices w dip, goldfish crackers, fruit
High School: Grilled cheese panini, tomato soup, cole slaw, applesauce

Wednesday, 3/29
Elementary: Baked chicken stix, sweet potato fries, broccoli crowns w dip, frozen fruit
High School: Cheese and chicken quesadilla, green beans, carrots / celery w dip, mangoes

Thursday, 3/30
Elementary: Calzonettes w sauce, salad greens w dressing, steamed zucchini, strawberries
High School: Hot ham and cheese on pretzel roll, curly fries, snap peas, watermelon

BCS Drama: Sherlock Holmes

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Their three performances, capping off a snowy week, were a delight to all three audiences. Thanks to those who attended and supported BCS's drama program by enjoying The Final Adventure.

BCS Beat: Issue 8.29

Upcoming Events

March 17 - 18: Performances of Sherlock Holmes (see below for ticket info)
March 22: End of quarter three
March 23: Compassion Dress-Down Day (bring at least $2, please)
March 24: Half-day of school
April 19: Snow Make-Up Day

Sherlock Holmes: The Last Adventure

Last night marked a superb opening to our 2017 drama production of Sherlock Holmes: The Last Adventure. We would love to have every BCS family join us for this incredible show!
Remaining show times are as follows:
Friday, March 17th, 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Saturday, March 18th 3:00 pm (doors open at 2:30pm)

Athletics

Track Season Begins

Varsity Track began on Monday, March 6th for all athletes who are not involved in the play (cast, stage crew, tech crew, etc.). Middle School Track and Varsity Track for all play members begins on March 20th. Practice will be from 3:00 - 4:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The meet and practice schedule is on the athletic website (access it here). All athletes who HAVE participated in a sport for BCS this year must have a Re-certification Form on file before they can participate in track. All athletes who HAVE NOT participated in a sport for BCS this year must complete a CIPPEE filled out before they can participate. 

Serve-a-Thon 2017

Parent Volunteers Needed

We still need drivers for Kindergarten and Sixth Grade for Serve-a-Thon Day! If you can help, please contact Mrs Bromwell by emailing bbromwell@berkschristian.org.

Progress Toward Our Goal

We've got a good start toward our goal of sending out 3,000 sponsorship letters. So far 1,804 letters have been collected and mailed. Please contact Mrs Bromwell if you need more letters! There is plenty of time to be in the running for our three big prizes, awarded to the three families who submit the most letters.

News and Updates

Uniform Policy Reminder

As we head into warmer weather, we want to remind students of a few key dress code policies.

1. For girls in ALL GRADES, skirts and jumpers must meet the knee. Girls wearing shorter lengths will be asked to change and if a suitable pair of pants cannot be found in our Swap Closet, a parent will be called to bring an alternative outfit.

2. For students in ALL GRADES, sweatshirts worn during the school day must be solid color (no pattern, design, text, picture, or graphic) or must be BCS spirit wear. Sweatshirts, hoodies, etc that do not adhere to this guideline will be taken from the student and kept in the office until day's end.

3. To help you out, we are submitting another order for polos and spirit wear. The order form was attached to your Beat email this week, and can also be accessed here (you must access this file through a BCS email address).

Middle School Tutoring

One of our high school students offers tutoring every Monday from 3:00 - 4:45 for any middle school students who would like help with homework, studying, or organization. Any Monday that a 6th-8th grader that would like to stay please email attendance@berkschristian.org.

Re-Enrollment

Remember to re-enroll by March 31st if you want to pay the lowest re-enrollment price. Starting April 1st, prices will go up for re-enrollment. Also remember that all returning families (that's you!) who are interested in financial aid must apply for aid by April 30th. You can apply for aid here.

Jump In and Join Us

Subs are Needed

We are looking to add some substitute teachers to our list. We are looking for people with the following requirements:
1. Flexible schedule
2. Bachelors degree (it does not have to be in education)
3. PA Criminal Background Clearance
4. PA Child Abuse Clearance
5. FBI Fingerprinting

If you are or anyone you know are interested in being added to our sub list, please contact Miss Klase at rklase@berkschristian.org.

Around Campus

Lunch Menu for Coming Week

Monday, 3/20
Elementary: Mac and cheese w roll, stewed tomatoes, green beans, pears
High School: Hot & spicy chicken patty, mashed potatoes, fresh broccoli w dip, peaches

Tuesday, 3/21
Elementary: Popcorn chicken, buttered pasta, sugar snap peas, applesauce
High School: Buffalo chicken mac, stewed tomatoes, spinach salad, corn bread, pears

Wednesday, 3/22
Elementary: Cheese ravioli w sauce, steamed zucchini, salad greens w dressing, melon cubes
High School: Cheeseburger, sweet potato tots, corn, mangoes

Thursday, 3/23
Elementary: Fundraiser lunch - watch for order form
High School: Fundraiser lunch - watch for order form

BCS Beat: Issue 8.28

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 13: Deadline to order dinner theatre tickets!
March 16 - 18: Performances of Sherlock Holmes (see below for ticket info)
March 17: End of quarter three
March 24: Half-day of school

Sherlock Holmes: The Last Adventure (Dinner Theatre!)

We would love to have every BCS family join us for this incredible show!
Show times are as follows:
Thursday, March 16th, 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Friday, March 17th, 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Saturday, March 18th 3:00 pm (doors open at 2:30pm)

This year we are also featuring dinner on Thursday from Wegman's Catering. Dinner will begin at 5:45pm. If you would like to attend the dinner, please reserve your spot by Monday, March 13th. You can order tickets with the Ticket Order form sent to you earlier this week.

Thursday Dinner Menu:
Pulled Pork Barbecue Sandwich
Homemade Chicken Noodle Corn Soup
Baked Macaroni & Cheese
Old Fashioned Baked Beans
Assorted Cubed Cheeses
Ring Bologna
Kosher Pickle Spears
Chips & Pretzels
Assorted Sweet Streets Desserts during Intermission

The ticket order form can be returned up until Wednesday, March 15th. After that tickets can be purchased at the door on the days of the performances.

Athletics

Varsity Basketball Awards

Boys Basketball Team Awards
Coaches Award: Tate M.
Hustle Award: Daylon B.
Mighty in Spirit Award: Landon H.
Most Improved Award: Thomas S., Junior N., David M.

On Monday, March 6th all coaches in the CCAC-East League gathered to vote for All Conference Teams. Two of our players were selected, and we are so pleased to announce this great honor. Tate was selected to First Team and Daylon was selected to Second Team. Congratulations, Tate and Daylon!

Track Season Begins

Varsity Track began on Monday, March 6th for all athletes who are not involved in the play (cast, stage crew, tech crew, etc.). Middle School Track and Varsity Track for all play members begins on March 20th. Practice will be from 3:00 - 5:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The meet and practice schedule is on the athletic website (access it here). All athletes who HAVE participated in a sport for BCS this year must have a Re-certification Form on file before they can participate in track. All athletes who HAVE NOT participated in a sport for BCS this year must complete a CIPPEE filled out before they can participate. 

Serve-a-Thon 2017

Parent Volunteers Needed

We still need drivers for Kindergarten and Sixth Grade for Serve-a-Thon Day! If you can help, please contact Mrs Bromwell by emailing bbromwell@berkschristian.org.

Progress Toward Our Goal

We've got a good start toward our goal of sending out 3,000 sponsorship letters. So far 1,756 letters have been collected and mailed. Please contact Mrs Bromwell if you need more letters! There is plenty of time to be in the running for our three big prizes, awarded to the three families who submit the most letters.

News and Updates

Uniform Policy Reminder

As we head into warmer weather, we want to remind students of a few key dress code policies.

1. For girls in ALL GRADES, skirts and jumpers must meet the knee. Girls wearing shorter lengths will be asked to change and if a suitable pair of pants cannot be found in our Swap Closet, a parent will be called to bring an alternative outfit.

2. For students in ALL GRADES, sweatshirts worn during the school day must be solid color (no pattern, design, text, picture, or graphic) or must be BCS spirit wear. Sweatshirts, hoodies, etc that do not adhere to this guideline will be taken from the student and kept in the office until day's end.

3. To help you out, we are submitting another order for polos and spirit wear. The order form was attached to your Beat email this week, and can also be accessed here (you must access this file through a BCS email address).

Middle School Tutoring

One of our high school students offers tutoring every Monday from 3:00 - 4:45 for any middle school students who would like help with homework, studying, or organization. Any Monday that a 6th-8th grader that would like to stay please email attendance@berkschristian.org.

Re-Enrollment

Remember to re-enroll by March 31st if you want to pay the lowest re-enrollment price. Also remember that all returning families (that's you!) who are interested in financial aid must apply for aid by April 30th. You can apply for aid here.

Standardized Testing: April 10 - 12

We will be doing our annual standardized testing on April 10th - 12th. The TerraNova 3 Testing is done with Association of Christian Schools International and CTB/McGraw-Hill. TerraNova is a series of standardized achievement tests used in the United States designed to assess K-12 student achievement in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, vocabulary, and spelling. We would ask that you do not schedule appointments that would cause your student to miss school during the three testing days.

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A Call for Performers

Dear Alumni, Staff, Parents, and Friends of Berks Christian School,

This spring, Berks Christian School is reviving a production of Behold the Lamb, a large-scale work for choir, soloists, and chamber wind ensemble that was written for our school and first performed in 2011. This is a multi-movement work detailing the passion story written by Pittsburgh-based composer Chris Massa

This year, April 6-8, we will be performing the work twice and creating a professional recording.

We want this to be a community event, and are looking for adult singers and performers to join our high school performers. Did you sing in the 2011 production? Do you enjoy singing choral music? Do you play a woodwind, percussion, or brass instrument?

To learn more, visit our performer interest page and event page at the BCS website. To show your interest, and to receive more detailed information, please contact Phil Warner by emailing pwarner@berkschristian.org.

Subs are Needed

We are looking to add some substitute teachers to our list. We are looking for people with the following requirements:
1. Flexible schedule
2. Bachelors degree (it does not have to be in education)
3. PA Criminal Background Clearance
4. PA Child Abuse Clearance
5. FBI Fingerprinting

If you are or anyone you know are interested in being added to our sub list, please contact Miss Klase at rklase@berkschristian.org.

Around Campus

Lunch Menu for Coming Week

Friday, 3/10
Elementary: Grilled cheese panini, tomato soup, goldfish crackes, cucumber salad, applesauce
High School: Cheese quesadilla, black beans & mexicorn, salsa, mangoes

Monday, 3/13
Elementary: Cheeseburger, potato smiles, seasoned cauliflower, peaches
High School: French toast sticks w ham slice, hash browns, cauliflower, pineapple

Tuesday, 3/14
Elementary: Taco salad w rice, carrots & celery w dip, apple snack pack, cookie
High School: Hot dog w chili & cheese, curly fries, baked beans, fruit crisp

Wednesday, 3/15
Elementary: Chicken and cheese quesadilla, salsa w chips, black beans & mexicorn, mangoes
High School: Calzone w sauce, roasted butternut squash, romaine mix, strawberries

Thursday, 3/16
Elementary: BBQ ribs, sweet potato tots, peas, banana, jello cup
High School: BBQ ribs, sweet potato tots, peas, banana, jello cup